Today I received word that someone had died. 

The rumour continued unabated for a short time. 

Others heard via the grapevine!  Some were already rearranging their calendars for the funeral! 

Its amazing how your mind goes into high gear,  your calendar gets cleared and you are soon wondering how you would describe that person if you were asked to do a eulogy.

The rumours of the death, though, were greatly exaggerated! 

I almost felt robbed when I heard they had not died!

In those few short moments — from the beginning of the rumour to the quashing thereof — my coming week had been freed up.  Placing the importance of celebrating another’s life ahead of my own often frantic activities was refreshing.  I’m thinking scaling back my activities and reflecting on the lives of those around me wasn’t such a bad thing.